How to remove Google account from Android without factory reset?

When you setup your Google account in your Android device, everything on your Android will be synced to that account. This includes your contacts, calendar, emails, app lists and much more. After a while you will buy a new device giving the old one to someone as a gift. Certainly you would want to remove your Google account from the old device for security purposes. This primary Google account removal procedure can give you much trouble especially if you are new to Android. The most common questions related to this issue is “How to remove Google account without factory reset?”

Users concern might be due to the fact. When trying to remove their Gmail account from settings many users get the following message: "This account is required by some applications. You can only remove it by resetting the phone to factory defaults" (which deletes all your personal data).

Don’t worry, there is a simple way to remove your Google account from your Android without factory reset. Try the steps below:
First going the string “Settings -> “Accounts” ->”Your Google account” -> ”Menu”. Select “Remove account”.

If that didn’t work try the next way:
  • Open Root Explorer or similar File browsing app on your Android.
  • Open data/ system folder and delete “accounts.db”.
  • If you can’t find the .db file, go to data/system/sync  delete “accounts.xml”.

Note: You should open the data folder inside your Android’s root or primary location. You won’t be able to find the system folder inside the data folder of your Android’s microSD card.

It is pretty often when fixing Android devices errors related to Google Play require your Google account to be removed and added back. The ways above to remove your Google account without factory reset might be serve you more than once and insure correct downloading your apps and games from the Google Store.

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Harun rashid
Google store erorr how can solved
All the above methods failed bro. Not download/updating any app.
Thank you! I couldn't install an app, kept saying I needed to authenticate my Google, I was already signed in. I removed the Play Store updates and it let me load the app!
I had an .edu and .org account and neither would allow Google Play to work. I created a new Google account and when I went to Google Play I made sure to select my personal account to be the active account. It worked like a charm. Thank you all for your help.
Solution 4 worked for me just now. Thanks so much